Review: Arizona’s Back Roads

Cross-post from Attention Earthlings (http://barry-gnostalgia.blogspot.com/2014/10/review-arizonas-back-roads.html)

My review of “Arizona’s Back Roads: A Travel Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws, and Miners
” by Julie Ferguson

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Schiffer Publishing Ltd. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox: Zombie Housewives of the 1980’s (Volume 4)

Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day are at it again with another zombiefied look at American culture. This time our Zombie Housewives take a shot at the 1980s. The book is a quick and humorous read that is packed with fabulous pictures.

If you are a fan of that wacky decade or, as in my case, survived the decade, you should enjoy this delightful romp. Zombie Housewives of the 1980’s will be perfect as an end-table/coffee table book for the Halloween holidays. Having said that, I expect to leave this one out all year.

Easter egg alert, if you look carefully, you might be able to find me in the book. In addition to my picture, Sharon was kind enough to write a sweet dedication to me and I really appreciate it.

Now, I am not saying to Authors that adding a picture /quote/poem/dedication of me (or by me) is an easy way to get 5 stars, but it doesn’t hurt *evil grin*.  Of course, I give Zombie Housewives of the 1980’s  a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I also admit to being very biased … I love the Authors!

Zombie Housewives of the 1980’s, the fourth book in the “Zombie Housewives” series, takes the reader into the decade of the 1980’s where everything is brighter, louder, and more obnoxious than any other generation. Pop icons, technology, and materialism are the standard measures of success. When ZIDS (zombies-in-development syndrome) hits the rock circuit and spreads throughout the world creating invincible flesh-eating zombies, its influence is reflected in all pop culture of the 1980’s. Join Brandi, the mall rat and girl band member, and Madison, the entrepreneur and materialistic yuppie, on their journey through the wild 80’s as women of the decade and zombies, as well. Enjoy this urban fantasy, social satire, tongue-in-cheek book in Kindle format and this FULL-COLOR COLLECTIBLE VERSION.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from one of the Authors, Sharon Day. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s

Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s
by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson

zhw70sSeries: Zombie Housewives
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
ISBN-10: 1492173649
ISBN-13: 978-1492173649

Available @ Amazon
Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s (Volume 3)
(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

My thoughts: Barrys says —- excellent!

Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s is the third in the Zombie Housewives series by Ferguson and Day. Each book in the series is a stand-alone comedic look at zombies through various decades.

I should admit to a certain bias, both Peppy (my dog) and myself can be spotted in the book. In addition to clever humor about both the decade of the 70s and zombies, the book is littered with Easter eggs. Fans of Ferguson and Day may find something familiar hidden in various pages.

If you like dark quirky humor, zombies, and kind-of remember the 70s, I think you’ll enjoy this zombiesque romp through this far-out decade.  I give Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s a highly biased 5 stars out of 5 *wink*.

Product description:

Zombie Housewives of the 1970’s is the third in the Zombie Housewives series. Each fun book in the series covers another decade for women and their roles, each placed out with new characters and new zombie apocalypse scenarios. This dark urban humor series, done in color for maximum artistic effect, has been a cult favorite with zombie-themed enthusiasts. Join us in this installment that takes the characters Mary and Melissa through the 1970’s decade with a zombie twist that will forever change how you see the dorky 1970’s and the zombie-versus-human theme.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author Sharon Day. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The ghosts of paranormal Christmas yet to come

old houseI have to confess that I don’t watch the parashows with the ferocity that I once had. It’s not that I am no longer a paranormal geek (BTW check out the book Paranormal Geeks by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson) but rather it is the lack a fresh angle to the paranormal shows.

If you want an entertaining show with a lot of silliness there is a program for you, Ghost Adventures. If you are interested in paranormal infomercials, Ghost Hunters has changed from it’s ideal of helping people to shameless huckstering of alleged haunted locations.

Ashley TroubI recently learned that our favorite barista was booted from the Ghost Hunters show. I guess Jason couldn’t mold her in the Ghost Hunter ideal “what was that? — did you hear that?” Isn’t it sad that the most stable paranormal team on TV seems to be the Ghost Adventures team?

I think this latest personnel shuffling with Ashley Troub is a perfect example of why I seldom watch the show. If you pick a person, shouldn’t you invest the time to train her up and give her a fair chance to earn her spot on the team? I think a lot of fans realized at first sight that Ashley was not the person for the show, but once you’ve made your pick, it’s only fair to give her a chance. Of course, it isn’t about the passion of ghost hunting, but all about ratings, money, and demographics.

What does the ghost of paranormal shows yet to come have in store for us? Josh Gates has a new show called “Stranded — The show features average paranormal enthusiasts who are stranded in some of the most haunted locations in America and record their experiences with handheld cams.” The show sounds like Scariest Places on Earth narrated by Linda Blair. While I like Josh Gates, couldn’t Syfy give us something new?

Notorious Hauntings — supernatural investigations from around the world or a re-make of the defunct (though not officially) Ghost Hunter International with a little dash of Destination Truth tossed in. Ghost Mine or the paranormal version of Discovery’s Gold Rush Alaska. What’s next, the paranormal housewives of the rich and famous? Dancing with the Bigfoots?

I guess the best thing about paranormal TV is that like Ashley Troub’s career they go away quickly.

Review: Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s

Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s
by Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day
Paperback: 130 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1479370606
ISBN-13: 978-1479370603

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

First let me admit my bias, I am a major fan of Ferguson (link) and Day (link). I absolutely adore both of them. I am also hidden in the book, if you have a sharp eye, you might be able to find me.

Our “delightful duo of demented undead fiction”, authors Day and Ferguson, return with another installment of Zombie Housewives. This time with a new set of housewives and a new decade, the 1960’s.

Just in time to be a great stocking stuffer for the zombie fan in your life, Zombie Housewives gives us a comedic look at zombies, the decade of the 1960’s, and ourselves. Cullan Hudson’s cover art (link) is fantastic and really sets the mood. Ferguson’s art is as eye-popping as usual; she is a true talent.

Unlike so many other sequels, “Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s” is actually better than the first Zombie Housewives book and that took some doing. I think most people will enjoy “Zombie Housewives of the 1960’s”, and I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Thumbing through the book…

Product description:

Zombie Housewives of the 1960s, the second in the Zombie Housewives series, takes the reader into the decade of the 1960s where segregation, Vietnam War and interactional relationships are played out in a zombie population. Join Blossom and Colleen on their venture into a tumultuous decade as newly turned zombie women. Enjoy this urban fantasy, social satire, tongue-in-cheek book in Kindle format and this full-color collectible version.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from one of the authors, Sharon Day. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse

Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse
by Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day

Product description:

The toxic bomb apocalypse of the 1950s didn’t stop Stella and Liz. These housewives reanimated and continued their days as usual, only with a hunger for living flesh. Stella, the perfect housewife, continued her housekeeping in her zombie state and Liz, the drunken, slutty divorcee housewife, stirred up a Bloody Mary and fell into her usual stupor. This photo and resource book for all things zombie is a fun and playful look at the zombie-like existence of housewives through the ages and incorporates housewife tips and recipes, showcasing zombie artisans and listing lots of zombie resources for all those readers who love zombie-everything!

My thoughts:

“A Dead Woman’s Work is Never Done”

“Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse” by Julie Ferguson and Sharon Day is a fun romp, or should I say shamble, through zombie pop culture. The book includes a nice section called “zombie artisans” including links and commentary on zombie websites, zombie artwork, zombie movies, books, games, magazines, products, comic books, etc. Having said that, the real meat (or is that brainzzzz) of the book would have to be the zombie story and eye-popping pictures.

The tale takes a look at the lives of Liz and Stella during the zombie apocalypse of an alternate timeline in the 1950s. This book is planned to be the first in a series of Zombie Housewives books covering the 60s, 70s. etc. How do Zombie Housewives deal with their zombie existence? Is this a metaphor for our everyday life? Read it and see for yourself.

By the way, check out page 57, “I’m watching you Barry Huddleston.” My review may be a little biased by my inclusion in the book. I’d like to give it the unofficial title of “Barry the Handsome Zombie Book” but I’m afraid that the authors wont go that far.

It’s a fun coffee table book and a must-have for Halloween. Great pictures, and packed with all sorts of zombie goodness, I highly recommend it.

Product details:

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books (April 20, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0983377359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983377351

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the authors. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Good news for the zombie fans

I just learned that the zombielicious author Sharon Day and her equally zombielicious co-author Julie Ferguson have a great looking book in the works. “Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse” may be out as early as this Spring.

Get your zombie on at http://zombiehousewives.blogspot.com/ for news and updates on this undead title.

 

Review: Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition)

Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition)
by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B004LROSPQ

(4 stars out of 5)

Product Description
Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition) offers a new perspective on abandoned sites, as a psychic and a photographer explore 12 forgotten locales in the Sonoran Desert. Sharon Day utilizes her psychic skills to read objects at each site, while Julie Ferguson photographs the accompanying stark compositions. Together, the images and stories from the past bring life to these now-dead locations. If you’ve ever wondered about an old run down building and what it was like in its heyday, ever wanted to see inside a psychic’s visions, ever wanted to wander the remote desert, then this book is for you. It is the first in a series, which will be followed by “Vanished Cities” edition coming out this summer.

My thoughts: The cover art is by Bryan Wayne and his work grabs the reader and sets the mood right from the beginning. Having said that, I think that I would like to have seen some color on the title fonts.

Ferguson’s photography is amazing. The images that she captures will stick with you for some time. Visit her blog at “Above the Norm” for a sample of her amazing work. On the downside, the limitations of the kindle come into play and Ferguson’s photography is not displayed in the fashion that it deserves.

Sharon Day, using her psychometry skills, gives us a dozen reads ranging from a swing set to an abandoned train. I guess the one that really stuck with me was “Man of the Family” (Abandoned Stables). “He may not possess any sentiment, but every day his family knew that he did what had to be done and they could count on him, just like the desert sun that arrived every morning brutally early and remained until late in the day. This was how he showed his love. ”

I couldn’t help but think that some men express themselves more accurately with their silent rituals than those who verbally proclaim their love. I have to admit that I enjoyed these little insights into the lives of these people who left more than they expected behind.

As with anything else, you will have to form your own conclusions as to the accuracy of Sharon Day’s psychometry. I enjoyed every minute of it. I would like to see the kindle step up with color. This kind of ebook cries out to be seen in color.

I give it 4 stars out of 5.

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